We love them for the thing that made them famous but the thing is, celebrities are much more than good script readers or 3 minute singers. Known for their on-screen talent and glamorous lifestyles, many of them also possess hidden talents that may come as a surprise to most of us. From award-winning actors to iconic singers and sports legends, these celebrities have talents that extend far beyond their usual professions. So, let’s check out some awesome celebrity hidden talents.
1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Playing the ukulele
The actor and former wrestler is known for his tough-guy persona, but he’s actually a skilled ukulele player. He’s even been known to break out his instrument on movie sets. See his rendition of “What a Wonderful World” here And yes, in “Moana” he sings quite a few of the main songs.
2. Emma Watson – Beatboxing
As if being a talented actress and activist weren’t enough, Emma Watson has another impressive skill in her repertoire: beatboxing. She showed off her beatboxing skills with Lin-Manuel Miranda on a rap piece about gender equality.
3. Tom Hiddleston – Impersonations
Tom Hiddleston is known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s also a talented impersonator. He’s done impressions of Graham Norton, Christopher Walker and Robert de Niro, to name just a few.
4. Meryl Streep – Violin playing
Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of all time, but she’s also a skilled violin player. If you’ve watched her 1999 movie Music of the Heart you already know she rocks a mean violin.
5. Emily Blunt – Singing
Despite the fact that she sings in a lot of her movies, Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns included, people still think that’s a voice double. That is not the case here, folks, Emily Blunt you are utter perfection!
6. Jennifer Lawrence – Archery
Jennifer Lawrence played the skilled archer Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” movies, but she’s actually pretty good with a bow and arrow in real life, too. ‘I don’t have many talents: I’m not a good cook, I can’t clean, and I can’t sew. The only thing I can do well is shoot bow and arrow.’ Hunger Games fans know this better.
7. Geena Davis – Archery
Staying on the same sport, not many people are aware that Geena Davis is a master when it comes to the bow and arrow. How good is she? Well good enough to almost make it to the 2000 Olympics.
8. Jack Black – Sax-a-Boom magic
Jack Black is known for his comedic acting and singing, but he’s also a skilled Sax-A-Boom player. Sax-a-Boom, as you might have guessed from the bright colors, is a kids’ toy. You can see him perform live together with the guys from Tenacious D.
9. Idris Elba – DJ
In addition to his acting career, Idris Elba is a talented DJ. He’s performed at festivals like Glastonbury and has even released his own music. So, we have a dark performance on Luther and possibly a James Bond successor on one side and mad DJ skills on the other.
10. Sandra Bullock – Rapping
And there’s a video to prove it! This took us by complete surprise.
11. Joe Manganiello – Dungeons and Dragons
Best known for his roles in True Blood and Magic Mike, he’s also a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons. Manganiello even wrote a script for a Dungeons and Dragons movie and is known to host game nights with other celebrity friends.
12. Matthew McConaughey – Bongo playing
Matthew McConaughey is known for his laid-back persona, but he’s also a skilled bongo player. He even got arrested in 1999 for playing bongos naked and stoned. His mugshot says it all!
13. J.K. Rowling – Drawing
The author of the Harry Potter series is not only a talented writer and speaker, she also dabbles in drawing. Rowling has shared some of her sketches, depicting early stages of the Harry Potter characters, Harry, Snape, the Weasley family, and Dumbledore.
14. Chris Hemsworth – Surfing
This Australian actor is famous for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s also an avid surfer. Hemsworth grew up surfing and, in his own words “But the one that I’ve always loved the most is surfing.”
15. Ariana Grande – Impressionist
This American singer and actress has an incredible singing voice, but she’s also a talented impressionist. Grande has shown off her skills on various talk shows, doing impressions of Celine Dion, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.
16. Hugh Jackman – Juggling
This Australian actor is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies, but he’s also a skilled juggler. At the premiere of The Greatest Showman Jackman started juggling all of the sudden, all while talking to the camera crew and listing reasons why we should see his movie.
17. Tom Hanks – Typewriter Aficionado
Beloved for his roles in Forrest Gump and Toy Story, Hanks is also an avid collector of vintage typewriters. Hanks has over 250 typewriters in his collection and even created a typewriter app for iPad.
18. Keanu Reeves – Bass Player
Cool actor, known for the Matrix and John Wick franchises, he is also a super talented bass player, having played in Dogstar as bassist and backing vocalist.
19. Chris Paul – Bowling
Basketball legend Chris Paul developed a huge passion for bowling after sharing his hobby with his grandfather. To take things a step further, he founded LAX, an LA-based professional bowling team.
20. Steve Martin – Banjo player
With more than 60 years of banjo playing under his belt, Martin is considered a bona fide expert. Not only that but he’s won quite a few prizes and he’s regarded as one of the best when it comes to the banjo.
21. Justin Bieber – Rubik’s Cube
When faced with the challenge, Bieber solved the cube live on TV in 83 seconds. Granted, record holders are timed at less than 10 seconds but for a regular guy 83 seconds is just perfect.
22. Mayim Bialik – Piano player and brainiac
Jeopardy! host and The Big Bag Theory actor, Bialik has a BS in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, a PhD in neuroscience, and can sing and play the piano. Huge mic drop for this artist!
23. Harrison Ford – Carpentry + Aviation
In a 1988 interview Ford admitted to being a huge fan of building some of his furniture. Add to this an insane passion for planes – he even survived a plane crash – and you get a better picture of what Ford is really all about.
Some of these celebrities might have missed their calling, Emily Blunt’s singing, for example, could have easily landed her a singing career. Hope you’ve enjoyed our list of weird or surprising celebrity hidden talents and we recommend you also take a look at some unique celebrity baby names.
What is a list of funny and useless hidden talents?
Being unable to get brain freeze. That would come in handy if you wanted to chug a whole slushy and be ok.
Being able to laugh with a straight face. Handy if you want to freak people out.
Being unable to produce body odor. Washing? What’s that?
Being able to remember where ANY celebrity is buried. Guess that’s good to know for some reason.